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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The basics...

Last night I watched a documentary on Ansel Adams.
I was so inspired, that today I went out and looked at the world differently...
Instead of colour, there was texture...
How I long for a camera like this...
It's like the one used in the film "Everlasting Moments".
Of course my camera is modern.
It's digital.
It's nothing like what Ansel Adams carried around in the hills and valley's of Yosemite during
a critical part of Americas environmental movement.
Anyway, like I said, I wanted to look through the view finder through different eyes.
I also thought of his love and his need to preserve and protect wild places.
He saw that they were disappearing and needed to record pictures of
these places so that people would know the grandeur, the fragility, the beauty.
 I was clicking away on my walk today, where it's quiet and wild...
Griffin was looking very 'bear' like...
And I remembered that I had seen a beautiful, big, bear paw print the other day,
which I thought would make a good snap...
As we walked around the corner, there was a rustle, a loud grunt and
a mama bear with 2 cubs took off into the bush...of course too quick for a picture.
But the print was still there...
I don't know if Ansel Adams had a dog, and I wondered how many bears he encountered
on his hikes through the wilderness.
We hung around for a while, but the bears didn't come back.
So off into the daisy field we went, looking for inspiration...
Up through the alder grove trail, that we've carved out from 7 years of walking here...
Light, shadow, dark, grey, silver and white...
the colours of Ansel Adams passion...
Someday, I'll find my Contessa camera and learn to develop pictures the
old fashioned way.
Tom asked me what I thought Ansel would have thought of 'photo shop'?
I think he would have had fun with it!
He liked to play with different filters.
Maybe digital is easier and saves time and money but I don't think you will
ever get results like this...
one of Ansel Adams masterpieces...

4 comments:

gz said...

colour can distract.
try a yellow filter when you use b+w.
have a look at this blog

http://boxesbellows.blogspot.com/

ask Andrea for advice, better than me

island sweet said...

absolutely gorgeous!

Jacquie said...

I love when photos look like paintings. I've only had a handful turn out this way and they look stunning. Recently I printed some photos on a giclee printer. One stopped me in my tracks so I play around with printers and papers. Like you said, black and white is a wonderful way to focus on texture. See what happens on textured art paper.

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Thankyou for all your comments Jacquie!
You have taken me down a long lane of memories, for when I read your comments I'm always curious to see which post you're referring to. So many miles I've travelled with Griffin and my camera and so many steps have led to kind people like you.
I love the idea of printing on textured paper. I would love to try this with some of my B & W's. I hope you are able to see this comment as there is no contact info in your profile. Cheers...Kerry